What is leadership? That question and its companion\u2014How best to lead?\u2014must be answered by CIOs as they prepare the next generation of IT leaders. We all know leadership when we see it. And we can easily note its absence. But separating leadership into its constituent elements isn\u2019t so simple.What we know for certain is that leadership development is an imperative. CIOs need leaders in the ranks. Otherwise, the job becomes impossible. And the most successful CIOs take an active role in cultivating leaders. So the 2006 Ones to Watch award not only honors the 20 men and women who have shown the judging panel that they have what it takes to be tomorrow\u2019s CIOs, the awards are also an acknowledgement of the personal commitment to fostering talent shown by their CIOs.And when it comes to leadership development, never underestimate the power of getting personally involved. A CIO poll of this year\u2019s winners found that 63 percent described their own CIO as being \u201cextremely committed\u201d to developing internal IT leaders. Still, aspiring minds want to know: How do you become a person others want to follow? Start by being yourself, say CIOs, some of whom share the secrets of their own leadership success in \u201cThe Right Stuff\u201d (Page 46). Play to your strengths. If you\u2019re a hands-on person, be a hands-on leader. If you\u2019re not a rah-rah type, don\u2019t try to fake it. Find another way to inspire the troops. Most importantly, says Marilyn Delmont, CIO for the city of Chandler, Ariz., stay true to yourself. \u201cDon\u2019t jeopardize your principles,\u201d she says, because that\u2019s what defines you in the eyes of others. All the Ones to Watch honorees excel at leadership. But this year, we drilled deeper to try to understand which leadership skills they deemed most critical to their success. The winners say that change management (65 percent), relationship building (55 percent), business strategy (45 percent), driving innovation (40 percent) and project management (40 percent) were \u201cextremely important\u201d in their rise to the top. To recognize these key components of well-rounded leadership and to honor the individuals who exemplify them, CIO has created the Ones to Watch Standout awards. We introduce this new award in \u201cMaster Class\u201d (Page 56) and profile five standouts from this year\u2019s crop of Ones to Watch winners who have mastered these skills. We examine the demands each of these winners faced within their company and explore how they applied their special talent to resolving a problem or confronting a challenge. Congratulations to all our winners and to the CIOs who first nurtured and then nominated them. And just in case you were wondering about our ability to spot a winner, we\u2019ve already had our first member of the Ones to Watch Class of 2005 graduate to the next level: Kudos to Darren Dworkin, now the CIO of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles (\u201cMaking It,\u201d Page 48). See you all at the top.